WorldCat Identities

Masters, Priscilla

Works: 27 works in 199 publications in 2 languages and 6,785 library holdings
Genres: Fiction  Detective and mystery fiction  Suspense fiction  Detective and mystery stories, English  Legal stories 
Roles: Author
Classifications: PR6063.A833, 823.914
Publication Timeline
Most widely held works by Priscilla Masters
Smoke alarm by Priscilla Masters( Book )

3 editions published in 2012 in English and held by 380 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

A deadly fire reunites coroner Martha Gunn with Detective Inspector Alex Randall. When firemen are called to an intense blaze at the Grange in Melverley, they find the bodies of Christie Barton, her daughter, Adelaide, and father-in-law, William, along with evidence that suggests the fire was started deliberately. Detective Inspector Alex Randall enlists the help of coroner Martha Gunn, but the puzzle deepens with a second house fire - the occupant, retired nurse Monica Deverill, is missing. Where is she, and what links the two fires? The answers lie in a secret buried in the past
A velvet scream by Priscilla Masters( Book )

10 editions published between 2011 and 2014 in English and held by 379 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

On a snowy December morning, a young woman is found outside Patches nightclub in Leek. Half dead from the cold, she says she has been raped. As Detective Inspector Joanna Piercy, fresh from a disciplinary action, investigates, she learns that Kayleigh Harrison has made unsubstantiated allegations before against her stepfather. But there are possible links to a similar rape case six months previously ... Is there a real case to investigate or not? Kayleigh holds the key, but how much of her story can be trusted?
A plea of insanity by Priscilla Masters( Book )

10 editions published between 2004 and 2014 in English and held by 351 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Dr. Claire Roget takes up the post as clinical psychiatrist at the Greatbach Secure Psychiatrist Unit, following the murder of her predecessor Heidi Faro. Another psychopath in the hospital, Jerome Barclay, starts to play mind games with Dr. Roget and eventually kills Kristyna Gale, a nurse at the institution. Dr. Roget is not sure if medical ethics will let her bring her suspicians about Jerome to the police or not
The final curtain : a Joanna Piercy mystery by Priscilla Masters( Book )

7 editions published in 2013 in English and held by 327 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Just back from her honeymoon, the last thing Detective Inspector Joanna Piercy wants to deal with on her return to work is calls from an old lady ringing the police incessantly to report seemingly trivial incidents. The woman in question is Timony Weeks, a sixties' child star in the once popular soap Butterfield Farm, who lives in an isolated farmhouse. Is she putting on an act and wasting police time, or is someone really trying to frighten her? Joanna is dubious, but as events become even more creepy and disturbing, her instinct tells her something is not right. What is Timony hiding? As she digs into her past, Joanna discovers a shocking secret. It seems that someone may have sinister intentions towards Timony after all
Guilty waters by Priscilla Masters( Book )

4 editions published between 2014 and 2016 in English and held by 326 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

The disappearance of two French girls in a Staffordshire beauty spot signals a tough new case for Detective Joanna Piercy. Cecile Bellange is a worried mother. Her eighteen-year-old daughter Annabelle and her friend Dorothee left Paris for a summer hitchhiking holiday in England, but it's now September and the only contact from them is a postcard sent from the picturesque setting of Rudyard Lake in Staffordshire three months ago. Meanwhile, in England, brothers Martin and James Stuart find a note from two French girls, inviting the finder to meet them at Rudyard Lake. Their enquiries lead them to Mandalay, an upmarket guesthouse where the girls stayed just before their disappearance, and its owner, the creepy peeping tom, Mr Barker. Arriving in England, Cecile Bellange meets Detective Joanna Piercy, who is looking into the girls' disappearance. Soon Joanna must answer two important questions: what is the anxious Mr Barker trying so desperately to hide, and where are Annabelle and Dorothee?
Wings over the watcher by Priscilla Masters( Book )

8 editions published between 2005 and 2014 in English and held by 309 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

In separate locations in Leek, Staffordshire, three separate tableaux are being performed. DI Joanna Piercy is writing to her lover Matthew to try and explain recent events; her sikekick Mike Korpanski is filling in his insurance form after his wife has had a minor prang in the car; and an unknown person is penning love letters to a local doctor. It seems that no one could lead a more mundane life than Beatrice Pennington, a woman who joins Joanna's cycling club, anxious to regain her figure by dieting and keeping fit. Unexciting; mid-forties; married; a part-time librarian; grown-up kids; her life appears unremarkable. But weeks later a drama unfolds around her. A month after Beatrice begins her quest for health and glamour her distraught husband arrives at the police station to report her missing. At first Joanna assumes Beatrice has decamped with another man. Evidence certainly seems to point this way. But as Joanna begins to peel back the layers of Beatrice's seemingly uneventful life she begins to realise: Beatrice was no ordinary woman
Recalled to death : a Martha Gunn mystery by Priscilla Masters( Book )

8 editions published between 2015 and 2016 in English and held by 301 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"On a bright spring morning, John Hyde opens the gates to the grounds of Moreton Corbet Castle, a local medieval ruin, and discovers the body of a homeless man with his throat slashed. Detective Inspector Alex Randall and his team soon face some disturbing questions: was this a random attack, or does someone have a vendetta against the homeless? For coroner Martha Gunn, establishing the man's identity is essential, but there are no clues"
Disturbing ground by Priscilla Masters( Book )

10 editions published between 2002 and 2014 in English and held by 297 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

When the body of Bianca Rhys, a paranoid schizophrenic, is dragged from a murky pool, Dr Megan Banesto questions how well she really knew her patient. In her experience Bianca had always been afraid of water - so why had she even gone near the pool? And how had she drowned? Even though most of the villagers are unsurprised by the death and write it off as an accident, Megan is not so sure
Dangerous minds : a Claire Roget mystery by Priscilla Masters( Book )

11 editions published between 2016 and 2017 in English and held by 278 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

When she receives a wedding invitation from one of her former patients, forensic psychiatrist Dr Claire Roget is more than a little alarmed. Highly intelligent and manipulative, Jerome Barclay suffers from a severe personality disorder. Although she has never been able to prove it, Claire believes him to be highly dangerous, responsible for at least three suspicious deaths - and she fears for the safety of his new bride. What's more, Jerome seems to know rather too much about Claire's personal and professional life, including intimate details concerning her other patients. What sinister game is he playing?
Endangering innocents by Priscilla Masters( Book )

10 editions published between 2003 and 2014 in English and held by 261 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"Something is amiss at a small primary school in the village of Horton. A local man, Joshua Baldwin, has been sitting in his car outside the school watching the children as they play. So DI Joanna Piercy is called out to investigate. She meets with the teachers and with Baldwin, but eventually decides there is nothing to worry about." "She is terribly wrong. A few days later, little Madeline Wiltshaw goes missing from the school in the village. Joanna is distraught that she trusted her gut instinct so implicitly, that she was not more suspicious of Baldwin. And the coming weeks will be a testing time for Joanna, as she desperately tries to find young Madeline. But with foot and mouth disease ruling the surrounding countryside off-limits, Joanna's task is made doubly difficult."--BOOK JACKET
Buried in clay by Priscilla Masters( Book )

6 editions published between 2009 and 2014 in English and Undetermined and held by 259 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

1787. A man hastily puts the finishing touches to his final piece of work: a beautifully shaped jug adorned with grotesque images which, he hopes, will carry his message on after his death. For he knows he is soon to die. As he places his precious creation in the kiln, he hears a commotion outside. They have come. He will be arrested and hanged before his pot has even dried. Almost two centuries later, antiques dealer Susanna Paris notices the jug at an auction and immediately desires it. Faced with stiff competition, she eventually prevails and wins the work of art. But an altercation with
Embroidering shrouds by Priscilla Masters( Book )

8 editions published between 2001 and 2014 in English and Undetermined and held by 204 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

A spate of robberies targeting elderly women is disturbing enough, but especially so in a town as peaceful and sedate as Leek. Then one attack turns to murder, and DI Joanna Piercy is called to the eerily named Spite Hall. Slowly, aided by her colleague Mark Korpanski, Joanna unravels a mystery, the tangled threads of which are rooted years in the past
Endangering innocents by Priscilla Masters( Recording )

3 editions published between 2003 and 2004 in English and held by 198 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Something is amiss at a small primary school in the village of Horton. A local man, Joshua Baldwin, has been sitting in his car outside the school watching the children as they play.--
Winding up the serpent by Priscilla Masters( Book )

8 editions published between 1995 and 2014 in English and held by 165 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

DI Joanna Piercy breaks into the house of missing nurse Marilyn Smith. She finds Marilyn upstairs, spreadeagled across the bed, provacatively dressed and elaborately made up -- she is also stone dead. Despite a lack of evidence at the post mortem, DI Pierce is convinced that Marilyn was murdered. As a newcomer and a woman in the remote moorland town, Piercy must battle against long-held prejudices in her determination to find the killer. But could she be wrong? Is it possible that Marilyn Smith's death was not murder after all ...?
And none shall sleep by Priscilla Masters( Book )

11 editions published between 1997 and 2014 in English and held by 160 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Jonathan Selkirk?make your will'. Hours after opening this letter, high-powered solicitor Jonathan Selkirk is in hospital recovering from a suspected heart attack. That night, he vanishes from his private room. Has he discharged himself? Or been abducted? In the same hospital, Detective Inspector Joanna Pierce finds herself coping with a murder investigation, a broken arm, and the arrival of the Regional Crime Squad. Superintendent Karen Pugh thinks there is a contracted killer at work?but who, in the small village of Leek, could have hired him?
Catch the fallen sparrow by Priscilla Masters( Book )

9 editions published between 1996 and 2014 in English and held by 159 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Detective Inspector Joanna Piercy and her sergeant, Mike Korpanski, find themselves investigating the murder of a ten-year-old boy whose burning body is found beneath the Winking Man, a desolate outcrop from which nature has carved a human face
Scaring crows by Priscilla Masters( Book )

7 editions published between 1999 and 2014 in English and held by 157 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Dave Shackleton could sense that all was not well at Hardacre farm when he arrived on his morning milking round. The cows had been let out of their field and were waiting impatiently at the milking parlour -- yet there was no sign of the farmers. But when Shackleton enters the farmhouse he discovers the bodies of Aaron Summers and his son Jack, with their abandoned shotgun propped by the door. Was this a case of murder -- then suicide? The forensic evidence suggests otherwise, leaving Detective Inspector Joanna Piercy with a far more serious case -- murder by person or persons unknown
A wreath for my sister by Priscilla Masters( Book )

12 editions published between 1997 and 2014 in English and Polish and held by 146 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Sharon Priest is on the moors in a flimsy red dress and spindly high-heels. It is cold, very cold, as a snowstorm sweeps the moors and Leek. But Sharon doesn't feel the cold ... Neither does Detective Inspector Joanna Piercy, for she is at the annual Legal Ball fending off Randall Pelham who wants her to find his missing daughter Deborah. It is not Deborah but Sharon who soon concentrates Joanna's mind
Crooked Street A Joanna Piercy Police Procedural by Priscilla Masters( Book )

3 editions published in 2017 in English and held by 1 WorldCat member library worldwide

-- As the investigation proceeds, it soon becomes apparent that Jadon Glover has been keeping dark secrets from his wife. And as the police pursue their house-to-house enquiries through the claustrophobic, jumbled streets of cramped Victorian terraces, they unearth other secrets from behind the net curtains. But, whatever else has been going on among the inhabitants' quiet, desperate lives, it's clear that at least one of them knows what really happened to Jadon
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A velvet scream
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Polish (2)

A plea of insanityWings over the watcherDisturbing groundEndangering innocentsBuried in clayEmbroidering shroudsEndangering innocentsWinding up the serpent